With Favre on hold, McNabb is out

The Vikings continue to wait patiently on an annual decision from Brett Favre regarding his playing status. While they wait, they could be watching Donovan McNabb, another alternative, get traded to another team.

While the Vikings continue to wait for Brett Favre to decide if he will return for the 2010 season, they evidently have lost out on the opportunity to get Donovan McNabb as his possible successor.

At least for the short term.

McNabb, who is being shopped by Philadelphia, reportedly has told the Eagles that if he is going to be traded his first choice was to play for the Vikings.

This makes sense because of McNabb's familiarity with Vikings coach Brad Childress and quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers.

McNabb and Childress arrived in Philadelphia in 1999 — Childress was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator — and McNabb knows Rogers very well from their time together at Syracuse.

McNabb also is from the Chicago area and being in Minnesota would put him about an hour-long plane ride from his hometown.

The Vikings' issue is they don't want to do anything to alienate Favre after making it clear to him that he could have all the time he needs to make up his mind about whether he wants to play a 20th NFL season, and the Vikings are making it clear they have no interest trying to trade for McNabb – at least not now.

Favre might not arrive in Minnesota again until after the Mankato portion of training camp is complete, but the Vikings aren't going to complain as long as he returns.

Childress' feeling is that Favre's outstanding play helped the Vikings to a second consecutive NFC North title and to reach the conference title game this past season and there is no reason he can't repeat those results. Favre will turn 41 on Oct. 10.

Meanwhile, there is a chance the Vikings could hope that McNabb gets traded to a place like Oakland for the final year of his contract and then becomes a free agent next offseason.

That could leave him in a position to join the Vikings — assuming Favre is not debating about returning for a 21st season come next spring.


For the second consecutive year, the Vikings have signed a former Green Bay Packer. This year's addition, however, isn't exactly of the same high-profile nature of the team's marquee signing of 2009.

Last August, quarterback Brett Favre ended his second attempt at retirement in late August and agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract with Minnesota. This time, the Vikings signed defensive end Michael Montgomery to a one-year contract for approximately $630,000.

A sixth-round pick by the Packers in 2005, Montgomery becomes the second player the Vikings have signed since free agency opened. Kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd was signed to a two-year pact worth $545,000 per season.

Montgomery comes to Minnesota after failing to fit into the Packers' new 3-4 defensive scheme last season and also battling injuries. Montgomery's agent, Blake Baratz, said it was important to get his client back into a 4-3 defense.

Montgomery will be expected to back up both end positions, but the reality is that starting right end Jared Allen rarely comes out of games.

That means the 6-5, 282-pound Montgomery will see most of his time either behind left end Ray Edwards or inside in passing situations where he can provide a rushing presence. He could end up competing with Brian Robison for playing time.

"I'm excited and ready to get rolling," Montgomery said. "Minnesota has a great tradition and this is an (excellent) opportunity."

Montgomery, 26, had his best season in 2008, when he recorded 59 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games and made the only eight starts of his career.

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  • Vikings coach Brad Childress said that with versatile offensive lineman Artis Hicks having signed with Washington as a free agent, Ryan Cook stands to take over as the top backup at multiple spots next season. Cook can play all five positions on the line. Hicks spent the past two years as the primary backup at both guard and tackle spots. He did not play center.

  • There was speculation shortly after the season ended that the Vikings weren't entirely pleased with the play of right guard Anthony Herrera. Asked about this subject, Childress said: "I thought he played decent. He obviously had that setback with the concussion (later in the season). But again, he was a post-surgical guy that really had a pretty good shoulder surgery (after the 2008 season) that he fought through. Like we talked at the end of the year, it would be great for him not to be rehabbing here at the end of this year as we go through the offseason but be more in a strength-building mode. Because I think that's one of his fortes. He's got good feet. But he's got good levers up top as well. I think he can probably get back on that horse."

  • With the Twins having moved out of the Metrodome, the Vikings now will be the primary tenant at the venue. The group that operates the Dome, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, has started a bidding process to replace the current FieldTurf that is in the facility.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "(It's) very tough. He was a great professional and was great for our team and we'll miss him. But we have to move on." — Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on losing third-down running back Chester Taylor to NFC North rival Chicago in free agency.

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